Updated: Were Corn and Matthews Anti-Semitic in Discussing Evangelical Christian Support for Israel? Apparently Not
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After discussing with my colleagues the subject of this article, which claimed Mother Jones's David Corn and MSNBC's Chris Matthews engaged in an anti-Semitic conversation on Monday's "Hardball," I have decided that I do not stand by my allegation.
I apologize to Corn and Matthews for my misinterpretation.
The original article has been deleted with the exception of the transcript and video in question:
CHRIS MATTHEWS, HOST: This coalition between the Right and Israel, the evangelical right in the United States, is not founded on personal friendships or anything like that, or even values. It’s founded on some sort of weird, rightwing thing where you just high five each other there at the Western Wall and then that’s done, they’re trip.
DAVID CORN, MOTHER JONES: But there is a theological component which Gene was referring to...
CORN: ...Which is there’s a certain brand of evangelical Christians who believe in Revelations, that Armageddon is coming, and that will happen in Israel basically.
MATTHEWS: If they hold the West Bank.
CORN: If they hold, well there’s a lot of different components to that, but that’s why they like Israel. That’s why they want Israel to be strong. It’s not because…
MATTHEWS: It’s not personal.
CORN: Right. It’s not because they like Jews or Israelis.